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Dynamic behaviour and fun to drive

Driving enjoyment has always been a strong point of Fiat Professional commercial vehicles. This is partly thanks to the “green” engines that deliver a sparkling performance and progressive torque build-up while keeping consumption and maintenance costs low. But for the ultimate driving comfort, you also need a thoroughly tested, reliable suspension system: Mc Pherson at the front, torsion bar at the rear. This solution – together with 14” and 15” tyres – helps to ensure optimum dynamic behaviour, great roadhold and reaction capability, and accurate driveability, whatever the load.

1.3 16v Multijet (75 bhp)

It goes without saying that the new Fiorino is available with the 1.3 16v Multijet, the smallest and most advanced of the direct injection second generation “Common Rail” diesel engines, produced by FPT - Fiat Powertrain Technologies at the Bielsko Biala plant in Poland. Combined with a manual 5-speed or automatic 6-speed gear box, the turbodiesel generates a maximum power output of no less than 75 bhp (55 kW at 4000 rpm) with torque of 19.4 kgm (190 Nm at 1750 rpm, ensuring excellent performance and the best consumption in its class: for example, top speed is 157 km/h while 4.5 l per 100 km is registered in the combined cycle, translating into fuel autonomy of 1000 km on a full tank of 45 litres.

In detail, the engine contains 4 cylinders in line, with total displacement of 1248 cm3, with a bore of 69.6 mm and a long stroke of 82 mm. There are 4 valves per cylinder, activated directly by twin overhead camshafts via rocker fingers with a roller. The 1.3 Multijet 16v is a miniature technological masterpiece: fully dressed with all its accessories, it weighs just 130 kg. It is small (less than 50 cm long and 65 high), and the components have been designed to take up as little space as possible. Designed to be as rational, efficient and reliable as possible, the engine generates excellent performance and is basically “for life”. Oil change intervals are set at 30,000 km or 24 months (the 1.3 Multijet 16v uses a low-viscosity oil ensuring fuel economy) and is also eco-friendly.

Compact and technologically advanced, the 1.3 16v Multijet is also “green”, as it complies with Euro 4 emissions limits. The CO2 value is just 119 g per km. More specifically, the emissions control system features an electric-actuated EGR valve controlled directly by the engine control system, a recirculating gas cooling device and a close-coupled catalytic converter.  Early in 2008, the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) will also be available - a “for life” system that reduces fine particles and requires no additives for regeneration.
The 75 bhp 1.3 Multijet 16v is a real technological advance that translates into reduced emissions and consumption. The secret of the turbodiesel is the Multijet system of the second-generation Common Rail technology. This is the most advanced solution for controlling high injection pressure (up to 1600 bar) and is no longer dependent on the engine’s rpm and the quantity of fuel injected. Compression is not only related to the speed at which the engine is turning, but to different parameters relayed to the control panel through specific sensors (air and fuel temperature, revs, position of accelerator, brake and clutch pedals, vehicle speed, air and fuel pressure).

The key component of this system is the electronic control panel, which can command a series of injections very close together (hence the name “Multijet”). There can be up to 5 injections during each engine cycle, instead of the two traditional ones. The same amount of fuel is burned inside the cylinder, but it is divided into smaller parts, resulting in more gradual consumption. This ensures smoother functioning in any conditions, and a more responsive, elastic drive, which makes these engines increasingly similar to petrol ones. Other advantages include reduced noise, emissions, and improved performance, together with an engine output that makes the vehicle even more enjoyable to drive.

1.4 8v (73 bhp)

The engine has a total displacement of 1360 cm3 and 4 cylinders in line with a bore of 75 mm and a stroke of 77 mm (two valves per cylinder activated directly by twin overhead camshafts). When developing the engine, particular attention was also paid to performance and consumption, as demonstrated by the power of 73 bhp (54 kW) at 5200 rpm and a maximum torque of 12 kgm (118 Nm) at 2600 rpm. Combined with a mechanical 5-gear transmission, the engine delivers a sparkling performance (maximum speed 157 km/h) but uses fuel sparingly, with a consumption of 6.9 l per 100km in the combined cycle.


Lastly, the 1.4 (73 bhp) meets Euro 4 standards and records a CO2 value of 164 g per km.

Comfort-Matic automated gear box

Available with the 1.3 Multijet 16v engine, the Comfort-Matic gear box provides automatic transmission for total comfort in urban traffic. Through an electro hydraulic system, Comfort-Matic automates the clutch and gear lever controls while maintaining all the benefits of the dry clutch and mechanical transmission (weight, fuel economy, strength and reliability). There are two modes: semi-automatic (manual) and automatic.

The first is the most similar to manual operation, as the gears are engaged using the lever on the dashboard. Without the clutch pedal, only the gear lever needs to be moved: forwards (towards the “+” symbol) to move up a gear, or backwards (towards the “-” symbol) to change down. A simple touch is all that is required for a fast, accurate gear change. In the second mode (automatic), gears can be changed when the engine’s output is at its maximum, thus harnessing the full power and torque of the 1.3 Multijet. In this mode, the system recognises gradients and alters the gear change in order to obtain the best compromise between the needs of the driver, the terrain and the vehicle's status (speed and engine rpm).

The Comfort-Matic also has another advantage compared to manual and traditional automatic transmissions: it can “read” the driver’s mind and adapt to his driving style. To do this, it maps the position of the pedal and engine rotation (interpreted as request for power). For safety reasons and to prevent unwanted gear changes, if the door is open it automatically idles if the engine is still switched on. Visual and acoustic signals draw attention to emergency situations or manoeuvres that could damage the engine or the transmission. The engine technicians have succeeded in configuring a gear change programme that reduces consumption without affecting performance, or the pleasure of driving the vehicle. Last but not least, all this technological content comes at a price that is significantly lower than that of a traditional automatic transmission.

Robust, reliable suspension systems

The suspension system in the new Fiorino helps to provide full control of the vehicle’s movements, assuring stability, excellent reaction capability, and accurate steering in any road conditions and with any load. The front suspension is McPherson-type with triangular lower arm and aluminium stabiliser (this reduces the weight of the suspension without affecting its performance). This well-tested solution has been reviewed with the aim of optimising all the components and kinematic parameters: offset coil springs, calibration of shock absorbers, rigidity of bushings, blocks and rubber bumper stops, diameter and shape of the roll bar. Specifically, the use of an independent wheel system ensures rigorous control of the geometry and assures excellent behaviour on the road, outstanding comfort and significantly reduces tyre wear. The new front geometry has also reduced the turning circle (just 9.95 metres).

The rear torsion bar suspension ensures good dynamic behaviour, enabling the loading sill to be reduced to just 53 cm off the ground, without affecting the accessibility of the loading area. The wide tracking on the new Fiorino contributes to its excellent handling: the front track is 1.469 mm (1.465 for the Adventure version), with 1.465 mm at the rear. The maximum permitted loads are also worth noting: 900 kg on the front axle and 950 kg at the rear.

Hydraulic power steering

The new Fiorino features hydraulic power steering that has been specifically calibrated to provide a more centred, accurate drive while ensuring that the effort required is suited to the various conditions of use, for urban driving and parking manoeuvres in particular. Specifically, the power steering is provided by an electro-pump developed specifically for the new model, controlled by the speed of the vehicle and the speed at which the steering wheel is turned. Power steering is therefore unrelated to engine speed. Apart from the added driving pleasure this generates in comparison to traditional power steering systems, it helps to reduce fuel consumption.

Wheels and tyres

The tyres on the new Fiorino Cargo have been designed so as to achieve the best possible balance between handling, comfort and style. The entire range is fitted with 14” wheels and 175/70R14 tyres (185/65R15 available on request, and standard on the “Adventure” models).

Report & Photos: Fiat Auto